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Was heartbreaking to see, and hear, Carmelo Anthony deal with the loss of his friend Sunday.
On why he played and other stories about Kobe and the Blazers ...
If I wake up tomorrow and nothing's changed, then suddenly this day I'm still half-convinced was a nightmare becomes an undeniable reality. It seems a crime to sleep.
On an extremely tough day, this little Blazer fan put a big smile on my face.
I don’t think Sarah knows that I was just as excited to talk with her as her mom said she was excited to see me 🙏❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/4UWkjAPchf
Damian Lillard is doing a lot of things no other Trail Blazer has ever done nbcsports.com/northwest/port…
Most points in 3 straight games since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976: pic.twitter.com/NkS1RNTaCm
Most points in three straight games since the merger:
175 March 2007 Kobe Bryant
169 January 2006 Kobe Bryant
165 March-April 1, 1990 Michael Jordan
164 April 1987 Michael Jordan
163 January 2019 James Harden
160 March 2007 Kobe Bryant
158 January 2020 @Damian Lillard
Recording another edition of the Rip City Report podcast with @Joe Freeman Monday morning. If you got questions/comments/Walton or Oden's about Kobe Bryant, Dame's ridiculous play as of late, Trevor Ariza's impact or anything else, now is the time to do it.
Carmelo Anthony just told us that's the hardest game he's ever had to play. Very emotional after the passing of his friend, Kobe.
Carmelo can barely speak on it.
Damian Lillard continues his torrid play with 50 points and 13 assists while leading Portland to 139-129 win over Indiana. He becomes first in franchise history to record three 50-plus point games in a season.
Damian Lillard finished with 50 points, 13 assists and 6 rebounds and the Blazers beat the Pacers 139-129.
It's the 3rd time this season Lillard has scored 50 or more and 3rd game in a row he's had 40 or more (both franchise records).
What a night
What a win for the Blazers
What a performance by Lillard
Lillard is now the only player in Blazers history to score 50 points three times in one season.
That's another 50 piece for @Damian Lillard on 14-23 shooting from the field, 8-12 shooting from three and 14-16 shooting from the free throw line.
Damian Lillard now becomes the first player in Trail Blazers history with at least 40 points in three straight games
TJ Warren is assessed a flagrant one for kicking Lillard in the groin.
This is going to be a Flagrant 1 on Warren for kicking Damian in the family jewels.
There have been no fewer than five direct kicks to the testicles over the last week.
Damian Lillard has 39 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds and is averaging 49.0 points over the last three games.
*And there's still 6:44 left tonight.
Pacers all of a sudden trim the difference to 114-105 with 8:54 left, and Stotts rushes Lillard back into the game.
Pacers run didn't start until some of you started doing the wave. That's not a coincidence.
Blazers lead 114-99 with 9 minutes left. Their season high for a game: 136 at Milwaukee on Nov. 21.
Blazers putting on an offensive clinic. They’re shooting .586 from the field and have hit 16 of 27 3-point attempts (.593). They already have 114 points and there’s still 9:47 on the clock.
I don’t understand how Indiana F Doug McDermott has bounced around. He’s on his 5th team in 6 NBA seasons. He’s shooting .413 from 3-point range for his career and came into the game shooting .456. Tonight, he has 16 points and has hit 5 of 6 shots from deep.
Lillard with his 5th three of the night ends a 10-0 Pacers run and gives the Blazers a 106-93 lead late in the third quarter.
Pacers cut 21-point deficit to 103-90 with 1:21 left in 3Q.
Lillard now with 33 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds. He’s 10-13 from the field, 4-6 on 3’s, 9-10 at the foul line.
Blazers really putting on a show at the offensive end. Shooting 60 percent from the field (36-60) and the 3-point line (12-20).
Portland has 32 points in the 3Q and we still have 4:19 left in it.
Blazers lead 98-80.
I’d say Whiteside is horsing right now. Fans on their feet midway through the 3rd
Dame with a no-look assist to Whiteside then another three, his fourth of the game, to give the Blazers a 90-76 lead with 5:45 to play in the third quarter. Not sure anyone in the NBA is playing better than he is rn.
That Blazer ball movement was a beautiful thing
The second group of ‘90s Blazers representatives now being introduced at Moda Center:
Rod Strickland, Terry Porter, VP operations Bucky Buckwalter, broadcasting legend Bill Schonely.
If @Damian Lillard can get to the boards, this could be the first triple-double of his career. He’s at 28 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds. I’ll be Dame has that in mind on a special night.
That was TJ Warren’s second basket in 9 attempts. He’s been a big addition to the Pacers this season, but he’s not been on tonight.
Blazers lead 76-65 with 8:44 left in 3Q. Lillard now at 28 points. Are we headed to another 50?
Can we talk about Dame going 7-8 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line along with his nine assists in the first half
McCollum looks smooth in his first game in 10 days. He and Lillard have combined for 29 of the Blazers’ 46 points.
Pacers only 1-8 from the 3-point line but now 50 percent from the field.
Blazers lead 42-34 early in 2Q
Dame shooting that KOBE! first-quarter buzzer-beater
Celtics’ Kemba Walker on the passing of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant: “I was blessed to meet him in high school. Just to see him, his presence had an impact on me. You always knew how hard he worked. His work ethic and mentality is what inspired me the most.” pic.twitter.com/hQvC7wL1Xu
It’s 90s night at Moda Center, and three former Blazers are introduced to the crowd. Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Dudley get nice hands, but
@BrianGrant_ gets by far the biggest ovation.
Pacers certainly don’t look ready to play. Blazers jump to a 14-5 lead as Indiana starts 2-9 from the field.
The Blazers took the 24 shot clock violation for Kobe tonight, while the Pacers took 8 seconds for the backcourt violation